Kushida Shocks Santos Escobar, Wins NXT Cruiserweight Title

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Kushida Shocks Santos Escobar, Wins NXT Cruiserweight Title

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Santos Escobar took to the NXT ring tonight to issue an open challenge for his NXT Cruiserweight Championship. In a stunning answer, Kushida not only responded to it, but he defeated Escobar to win the title.

Is this cool? Yes.
Is this illegal? Also yes.#WWENXT @EscobarWWE @KUSHIDA_0904 pic.twitter.com/FduXpubo5x

— USA Network (@USA_Network) April 14, 2021

After Escobar defeated Jordan Devlin last week at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, he seemed extremely confident that he could retain the belt once again. Instead, Escobar was met with a superstar more than ready for the challenge in Kushida. Throughout the match, the challenger survived various near fall situations, including a nasty kick to the head late that nearly cost him the match.

IS THIS REAL LIFE?! 😱 😱 😱@KUSHIDA_0904 has defeated @EscobarWWE to become the NEW #Cruiserweight Champion in an #OpenChallenge. #AndNew #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/TMTfol8WtQ

— WWE (@WWE) April 14, 2021

Despite the various setbacks, Kushida managed to gain some crucial momentum late in the match by hitting Escobar with a vicious kick to the head. But just as it looked like Escobar would win, Kushida rolled the champion up for the shocking victory.

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